All or Nothing (Small Faces song)

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"All Or Nothing"
All or Nothing by Small Faces.jpg
West German picture sleeve
Single by Small Faces
Released5 August 1966
RecordedIBC, London
GenreRock, hard rock
(US RCA Victor)
Songwriter(s)Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane[1]
Producer(s)Don Arden
Small Faces singles chronology
"Hey Girl"
"All Or Nothing"
"My Mind's Eye"
"All or Nothing"
Song by Small Faces
from the album The Autumn Stone
Released14 November 1969
Recorded18 November 1968
VenueNewcastle City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Marriott
  • Lane

"All or Nothing" is a song written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane of the British rock band Small Faces and released as a single in 1966.[1]

The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart on 15 September 1966.[1][2][3]

The song was also a major hit in both the Netherlands, where it reached number two and Ireland, where it reached number three. It was also the first song by the Small Faces to chart in the Republic of Ireland, as "Whatcha Gonna Do About It", "Sha-La-La-La-Lee" and "Hey Girl" all failed to do so.

Song information[edit]

According to Kay Marriott, Steve's mother, Steve wrote this song about his split with ex-fiancée Sue Oliver, though first wife Jenny Rylance states that Marriott told her he wrote the song for her as a result of her split with Rod Stewart. Both statements are said to be correct.[4]

The song was recorded at IBC Studios in Portland Place, London. It appears on the Decca album From the Beginning. A live version is found on the BBC Sessions album.

Following Marriott's death in a house fire in 1991, the song was played as the requiem at his funeral.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

The song appeared in the soundtrack for the 2010 film Made in Dagenham. Nigel Cole's film is a dramatisation of the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike at Ford Dagenham, where female workers protested against sexual discrimination and for equal pay.

The song is used as the theme tune (over the opening credits) on the 2012 BBC UK TV series, The Syndicate, about a group of lottery winners. Swedish pop band Tages did one of the earliest versions of the B-Side "Understanding", which appears on their 1966 album Extra Extra. The hard rock band UFO covered the song as a bonus track on their album No Heavy Petting. The punk band X also covered the song on their 1985 album Ain't Love Grand!.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 103. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  2. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100". Archived from the original on 8 April 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 195. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Steve Marriott - All Too Beautiful... p.121
  5. ^ "Steve Marriott". Making Time 1995–2007. Retrieved 7 August 2007.

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